Our People

The Leeds and South and West Methodist Circuit came together on 1st September 2015

Our Team of lay and ordained people serves 23 churches from across the western side of Leeds.

Together we undertake to share the Good News of Christ’s love and to support the work of our local churches as they share his abundant blessings across their communities.

Scroll down for photograph's and contact details of our Ministers.  Deacon Merry Evans and Revd Mark Godfrey joined the circuit in September 2017 - here follows their biographies:

Deacon Merry        (Meredith Evans)

Leeds City Centre Methodist Mission

 

Our Deacon comes to us with wide experience. He trained as a teacher, worked in a department store, ran a community centre, lived in a small community house in the inner city, and volunteered in community mental health before offering for Diaconal Ministry. He has served in Salford, Stockton-on-Tees, Wakefield, Morley and Sheffield, and has been a Chaplain in Prisons and Mental Health Services.

 

“Why did you become a Deacon rather than a Presbyter?”

“One of the reasons I became a Deacon was a sense of being called to work amongst people who were experiencing life in the raw. Although I have been doing that for a long time I still have an awful lot to learn. I think the most significant thing about Jesus, as recorded in the Gospels, is how he comes alongside other people who are rejected or overlooked. As a Deacon I hope I am able to come alongside people too, and maybe encourage and enable them to discover God at work in their lives and in their situations. Being a Deacon also means encouraging and enabling other Christians to come alongside such people, following Jesus’s example. It also means learning to speak up about what is wrong in society. I continue to learn about that too!”

 

“What is the MDO?”

“Being a Deacon means I share this journey in mission and ministry with other Deacons. Sometimes people wonder what Deacons are. Well, yes - we are ministers- trained and Ordained for mission and service in the church and the world; but we are also members of a Religious Order - Brothers and Sisters in The Methodist Diaconal Order (the MDO)- who regularly pray, meet, and share together in a Rule of Life and a commitment to one another as we work out our calling to serve Christ in the world. I sometimes joke that the MDO is the nearest thing Methodism gets to having monks and nuns!”

 

“You have trained in Groupwork, Facilitation, and Training and use Creative Approaches such as drama, role-play, and Action Methods. How is that Ministry?”

“Although I started using these methods with Support groups and Prisoners I find these approaches are particularly effective when I am working with churches or community groups. I always work slowly and gently, and people are usually very surprised to find the sessions rewarding, enjoyable -and often a lot of fun!  It’s all about the relationships between individuals, groups, and organisations; it’s also about what they believe is most important about their life together and about the world.  Sessions build confidence and trust, unblock groups where they feel stuck, help people see where they fit in, and uncover what matters most to everyone involved. Usually it is about finding a way forward together. This type of work can feel like ‘play’: the surprising thing is that it is actually about becoming ‘real’ and discovering energy and drive. Sometimes it is the smallest of changes that make the difference and move a church or a group along. Yes – it is ministry. I find it exciting and humbling to serve the church in this way and enable ‘new things’ to happen!”





Rev Mark Godfrey,

Pastoral responsibility for Central, The Grove and Rodley.

I was born in London and spent most of my early years in Surrey having moved there with my parents at the age of 6. After leaving school I went to Durham University to study Economics and it was there that I met Jenny, another southerner. After a short period gaining experience of doing a "normal" job, Jenny and I married in 1981, just before I started my ministerial training at Wesley House, Cambridge.

My first circuit appointment was in the Durham and Deerness Valley circuit where I had started my local preaching a few years earlier. I was the minister of three churches in ex-mining villages in an area with a strong Methodist history. After 5 years we moved to the Aldershot, Farnborough and Camberley circuit, by now a family of 4, Jo and Nicky having been born in Durham. While in Farnborough I was the minister of two churches, the larger of which had been a garrison church and still had very close links with the military. I was a part-time chaplain to 7th Royal Horse Artillery and to R. A. F. Farnborough.

In 1995 we moved to Yorkshire and to what was then the Otley and Aireborough circuit. I worked principally in Bramhope, where we lived, and Yeadon both of which communities will be well known to many of you. We stayed in the circuit for twelve years for most of which I served as superintendent.

For the last ten years we have been living in Harrogate. We have overseen a major redevelopment at Trinity Church which has helped the church to find a new sense of purpose and drawn a significant number of new families into the life of the church.

Until Easter Jenny worked as a special needs teacher at Beckfoot School in Bingley having been there for over twenty years, which is good going for the wife of a Methodist minister. Our elder daughter Jo is married to Stephen and they live in Penge (south London). Jo works for a small publishing firm in London editing and publishing history books. Our younger daughter Nicky also lives in London and got married to Philip in July. Nicky is presently doing her clinical psychology training in Guildford having previously worked with people suffering from eating disorders.

I am looking forward to getting to know you over the coming weeks and months. It is my hope and prayer that through the faith that we share we may work together in the service of God as we seek his way forward together.

 

 

 





Leeds South and West Methodist Church

Superintendent - Rev Jo Lightowler
Pastoral responsibility for
Adel
Cookridge
Meanwood
Jo@lswmethodists.org.uk

Leeds South & West Methodist Church Circuit Team

Rev Tim Boocock
Pastoral responsibility for
Headingley
Oxford Place
Wesley Road

tim@lswmethodists.org.uk

Leeds South & West Methodist Church Circuit Team

Rev Mark Godfrey
Pastoral responsibility for
Central
The Grove
Rodley

mark@lswmethodists.org.uk

Leeds South & West Methodist Church Circuit Team

Rev Keith Hunt
Pastoral responsibility for
Farsley
Highfield
St Andrew’s Pudsey
St Mark's
Keith@lswmethodists.org.uk

Leeds South & West Methodist Church Circuit

Deacon Pam Luxton
Based at Wesley Road,
Headingley & Hunslet 

Pam@lswmethodists.org.uk

Leeds South & West Methodist Church Circuit Team

Rev Godfrey Nicholson
Pastoral responsibility for
Beeston Hill
St John’s
Trinity Bramley
Woodside
Godfrey@lswmethodists.org.uk

Headingley and West Circuit Team

Rev Jacqueline Owen
Pastoral responsibility for
St Andrew’s Beeston
Hunslet

Jacqueline@lswmethodists.org.uk

Headingley and West Circuit Team

Rev Daniel Woodhouse
Pastoral responsibility for
Hyde Park
Lower Wortley
Whingate
Dan@lswmethodists.org.uk

Our Lay Employees

Headingley and West Circuit Team

Miss Cathy Boocock
Circuit Administrator & Treasurer

Leeds South & West Methodist Church Circuit Team

Mrs Erica Hartley
Circuit Administrator

South and West Circuit Team

Mrs Sharon Brocksom
Children & Families
Development Worker

Our Circuit Stewards

Leeds South & West Methodist Church Circuit Team

Miss Anne Jackson
Senior Steward

Headingley and West Circuit Team

Mr Paul Berry
Circuit Steward

 WesleyBear

Wesley Bear - Circuit Mascot
& Communications Officer
wesley@lswmethodists.org.uk

Circuit Team

Mrs Kirsty Butler
Circuit Steward

Circuit Team

Mr Peter Cordwell
Circuit Steward

Leeds South & West Methodist Church Circuit Team

Mr Sean Kelly
Circuit Steward

Circuit Team

Mr Stuart Westerman
Circuit Steward

Circuit Team

Miss Audrey Wilks
Circuit Steward

Our Structure

Headingley and West Circuit

LOCAL CHURCHES are the “Grassroots” from which most mission work and worship is delivered with the help of many volunteers.

Churches are grouped together in CIRCUITS who provide collective support.  Circuits make ministerial appointments and provide accommodation. Lay employees and volunteers are also recruited. Ministers are assigned pastoral care for a group of churches. A central plan for worship across all the churches is created.

Circuits are then grouped together in wider areas which are called DISTRICTS. We are in the Yorkshire West District. Support can include: Training, pastoral care, media relations, property and legal advice and organising larger initiatives.

The Methodist Church in Great Britain is known as the CONNEXION and our overall policies are agreed through the work of the council and our annual conference of representatives, including matters of doctrine, structure, legal, financial, and social issues.

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